Colts sharp in final tune-up

RACHEL?- The Philip Barbour Colts looked sharp Friday night in their final scrimmage before facing Grafton next week in the season opener.

PBHS coach Curtis Bodkins said he was pleased with his squad’s performance against North Marion in the exhibition game. Now the focus shifts to Grafton.

“The only thing we are concerned with right now is going to Grafton and getting a win,” Bodkins said. “We aren’t worried about anyone else. We aren’t worried about weeks two through 10. We’re only worried about going to Grafton, on their new field, and coming out of there with a big win.”

Offensively, senior quarterback Dillon Newman and sophomore running back Michael McVicker found paydirt for the Colts. Tight end Elijah Heater added a two-point conversion on a pass from Newman.

“Newman made some good throws tonight,” Bodkins said. “He was trying to work on his passing game. We all know he can take off and run the ball 60 yards down the field, but he wanted to work on another part of his game and I was pleased. Thats what scrimmages are for.”

Bodkins said he was also pleased with the defense’s performance. The Colts’ first-team defense kept the Huskies’ first-team offense out of the end zone.

“Overall, I think the defense played well,” Bodkins said. “Some guys weren’t reading their keys and not reacting to the ball. I think that comes with nerves.

“We came out a little flat. I was very pleased with my second group. They flew around with intensity and made some hits.

“So when we brought our number ones back, I think it ignited them a little bit. If we have that kind of intensity all the time, we will be tough to beat.”

The Colts will travel to Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.